Dark Operations

  • Review Date: 2000-05
  • Author: Barry A. Bollinger
  • Genre: Half-Life
  • Rating: 70


Another big Half-Life release, but this time it's for Opposing Forces - the first proper Opfor level so far, and it's been a long time coming! It takes place typically in a military complex, but with labs, offices, warehouses, underground areas, silos, and outdoor areas mixed in throughout the 16 maps. Although level design was rather plain, comparing it to most other Half-Life custom levels it was very good. With nice lighting and texturing, Barry has created an impressive looking set of levels and an obvious improvement over his past Resistance series.

The Opposing Forces enemies and weapons have been incorporated well. Most of the new aliens you will see, but your main opposition are the Black Ops. They are not used too much though, as you often meet the original Half-Life aliens aswell. I found it to be very fun, with plenty of ammunition and weapons provided, along with health at the right moments. The only disappointment was the end - I had four friendly Grunts, and almost full ammunition for all my best weapons when suddenly it ends without a final battle! Alot of HL levels end without a battle, perhaps HL mappers haven't realised it since they may not be big Q2 players, but level sets should always have a big final battle so that you end with a bang. It makes it far more satisfying to finish.

Other than that, gameplay and design was very well done. Although this is the first proper OpFor release so it's easily the best, it is going to be tough for mappers to top this great set of levels.